Document's second volume dedicated to the Pace Jubilee Singers contains all of their recordings from June 1928 through October 1929. Organized and managed by publisher Harry H. Pace, this was a recording ensemble whose fortunes were decided by the onset of the Great Depression, so the 19 Victor sides that open this album would be their last. By June 1928, Hattie Parker had come to play an even more significant role as featured soloist. As was evident on her earlier Pace Jubilee records, this woman established an arrestingly focused manner of devotional singing that eventually became the standard in many African American churches throughout the land. Her recording of "What a Friend" was the first ever made by an African American ensemble, and has been emulated by gospel vocalists ever since. Parker's influence is clearly detectable in the work of Mahalia Jackson. The superbly informative notes by Memphis musicologist David Evans suggest that the version of Charles A. Tindley's "Leave It There" included here would compare nicely with interpretations by Blind Washington Phillips, Blind Roosevelt Graves, Blind Joe Taggart, and Blind Willie Johnson. More titles by the Pace Jubilee Singers were included on Document's Black Vocal Groups, Vol.7. As with the Pace Jubilee Singers, Vol.1, the disc includes bonus tracks by a different ensemble, in this case the Christian & Missionary Alliance Colored Gospel Quintet, whose primary recordings have their own entry in the Document catalog. What you get here are four selections released on the Chicago Gospel Tabernacle record label, possibly cut and pressed at the Paramount studios, and probably dating from 1922, which would predate the rest of their recordings by as much as a year.
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